CAREER: 2013 Calder Cup champion...Represented USA at 2011 World Junior Championship (bronze)...2009 WHL Ed Chynoweth Cup with Kelowna...Could become the 9th rookie to debut with DET this season.
2013-14: Ranks among Griffins leaders with 25 goals (2nd), 40 points (3rd), +21 rating (1st), 51 penalty minutes (5th), 6 PPG (T2nd), 2 SHG (1st) and 185 SOG (1st)...Has more points in 66 AHL games this season (40) as in 119 games during his 1st two AHL seasons combined (29).
2012-13: Recorded 20 points (11-9-20) in 71 regular-season games and 11 points (6-5-11) in 24 postseason games.
OTHER: Tallied 128 points (57-71-128) in 204 WHL games with the Kelowna Rockets from 2008-11...One of six California natives in the NHL (Casey Wellman, Brooks Orpik, Emerson Etem, Jonathan Blum, Beau Bennett).
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals